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19 December 2017

Technicolor in “advanced stages” of talks to sell off patent licensing business, CEO says

Yesterday, Technicolor told investors that it is negotiating a “strategic transaction” relating to its patent licensing business. In a subsequent call with analysts, CEO Frederic Rose suggested that that transaction would take the shape of an…

18 December 2017

Intellectual Discovery offloads another portfolio and narrows business focus in new CEO’s first year

At the beginninhg of this year, Intellectual Discovery (ID) appiinted a new CEO; and the first 12 months of Jung Dong-soo’s leadership have given some clues as to the sovereign patent fund’s future direction. IP transactions and business deals…

15 December 2017

AST on track for record year as it capitalises on buyers’ market for patent dealmakers

In October we ran a story following a comment from AST’s CEO Russell Binns that the patent market was due to see 30,000 assets for sale in 2017. “It seems like everyone is trying to clear house at the same time,” he commented at that time. Well,…

08 December 2017

After merger approach fails Sprint turns to infringement suit against cable giant Charter

Sprint, the US’s fourth largest mobile company, has launched a patent infringement lawsuit against Charter alleging that the cable TV giant infringes on 11 patents relating to voice over packet (VoP) technology. The case was filed in Delaware…

01 December 2017

Asia’s first $500 billion company can in part thank a diverse IP value creation strategy for its success

In the hottest Hong Kong IPO in a decade, shares of China Literature surged over 90% in their trading debut earlier this month. The wild success of Tencent’s digital publishing business with investors is just the latest success for the Shenzhen…

07 November 2017

In highly unusual move, Samsung targets fellow pool member’s HEVC patents as dispute escalates

A fight between Samsung Electronics and a fellow member of MPEG LA’s HEVC patent pool escalated late last month as the Korean tech giant launched four inter partes reviews (IPR) against patents owned by Ibex PT Holdings. All of the patents targeted…

07 November 2017

Microsoft, IP Bridge and a mystery buyer pick up assets as Seiko Epson sell-off continues

Transactions recorded in recent weeks show Seiko Epson picking up its divestment activity again, sending portfolios in the direction of Microsoft, IP Bridge and an unknown holding company. But despite the summer spurt of activity, the deals we know…

13 October 2017

TiVo taps senior Big Blue exec to clearly demonstrate how serious it is about monetisation

TiVo has made a major hire with the appointment of IBM executive Marc Ehrlich as senior vice president of patent strategy. The move comes just months after the entertainment technology business recruited Arvin Patel as its chief IP officer and looks…

15 September 2017

Samsung among the targets as another Chinese SEP owner goes on the warpath

A state-owned entity from Guangzhou is the plaintiff in China’s latest SEP enforcement effort, and the world’s top TV seller, Samsung, is among those in the crosshairs. Shenzhen-based Skyworth and Shandong-based Hisense are the other targets in the…

31 August 2017

Haier’s antitrust suit against MPEG LA licensors suggests Chinese rate debate is far from over

This post has been updated with details of the New York State Court case Chinese appliance maker Haier has filed an antitrust lawsuit in the Northern District of New York against MPEG LA and six licensors that are part of its ATSC patent pool…

16 June 2017

Leane in as global patent licensing chief at Technicolor after Patel takes CIPO job at TiVo

Yesterday was a busy day for both TiVo and Technicolor. First off, it was announced that Arvin Patel – the chief IP officer at Technicolor – is to leave the Paris-based company to become chief IP officer at Tivo; then later in the day IAM learned…

12 June 2017

Sharp asks California court to terminate licence with Hisense, saying Chinese partner is damaging its brand

On Friday, I wrote about how the IP team at Foxconn is getting value out of the massive Sharp patent portfolio through spin-offs and patent sales. But investing in certain technologies and divesting others is only one aspect of chairman Terry Gou’s…

13 April 2017

Audio pioneer looks to up its IP game with appointment of former Microsoft and IBM licensing expert

Sonos has hired former senior IBM and Microsoft IP executive Tanya Moore to be its first chief licensing officer as the audio company looks to bolster its efforts in IP value creation. The business is a relative minnow in patent terms – according to…

06 April 2017

Billion dollar startup founded by Singapore lawyer targets audio and smartphone IP

The IP Office of Singapore announced its new board of directors last week, revealing that the sole tech company executive in the group has been re-appointed. If you are not familiar with Min-Liang Tan or his company Razer, you are likely not plugged…

09 March 2017

Via changes LTE royalty structure in latest bid to crack smartphone market

Via Licensing has announced a significant change to the royalty rates for its pool relating to long-term evolution (LTE), fourth generation wireless technology. The move is an attempt to attract small and medium-sized players in the smartphone and…